Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen today refused to dismiss a lawsuit by plaintiffs claiming their constitutional rights had been violated by state agencies that refused to treat same-sex couple as married couples.
Attorneys said today they expect to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against former Little Rock officer Josh Hastings, the former police chief, Stuart Thomas, and the city of Little Rock over the Aug. 12, 2012 shooting death of Bobby Moore.
The latest blood on the floor in the ongoing civil war at the Arkansas Supreme Court: Supreme Court communications counsel Stephanie Harris, who was asked to clear out her office this morning. Harris had handled press relations for the court for the past five years.
By the end of Monday, the sixth day of Tim Howard’s retrial, prosecutors had presented abundant and undisputed testimony that Howard was a close friend of the victims, used methamphetamine and sold stolen goods. Prosecutors said from the start that their murder case would be circumstantial. But key pieces of it have yet to be connected.
While claims of withheld evidence have dominated Tim Howard’s retrial, the Times has learned that similar claims from an earlier case in Texas helped shape the career of Alwin A. Smith, one of two prosecuting attorneys in the current trial.
A jury of six men and six women was seated today for the trial of Tim Howard which is to begin Monday. In a subsequent pretrial hearing, for which the jury was not present, Circuit Judge Charles Yeargan denied the motion filed last week by Howard's attorney that had sought dismissal of the charges against Howard due to alleged prosecutor misconduct.
Tippi McCullough, who's filed a judicial ethics complaint over the Arkansas Supreme Court's handling of the same-sex marriage case, says regulators have confirmed the receipt of the complaint and begun a review.
Federal Judge Price Marshall is to hold a hearing at 10 a.m. Friday, requested by civil rights lawyer John Walker, about progress in bringing the Pulaski County Special School District to "unitary," or fully desegregated, status.
A reader digs up a memorable legislative exchange that illustrates the unsuitability of Shawn Womack for sitting on a case related to same-sex marriage. Another appointee has an even more obvious conflict.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed three special justices to fill openings on the Arkansas Supreme Court in a case to decide which justices should rule on the lawsuit challenging the ban on same-sex marriage. They include two former Republican politicians.
Now that the chorus of politicians invoking religious liberty against the president and local governments includes nearly every Republican presidential candidate, it is time to ask whether those who espouse religious liberty the most loudly believe in it least.
Contrary to what Jeb Bush said, it wasn't actually too hard to see through the propaganda barrage that led the United States to invade Iraq in 2003. Key aspects of the Bush administration's case for war were transparently false, and would have been comically so if the consequences hadn't been so terrible.
Brooke Arnold, writing in Salon, provides a personal look at life according to the teachings of a religious organization that has been influential with the Duggar family. She argues it cultivates a culture where women are more vulnerable to rape and sexual abuse.
The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported over the weekend, though the Little Rock edition did not, that it had interviewed an unnamed church elder about Jim Bob and Josh Duggar's meeting with then-State Trooper Joseph Hutchens to report Josh Duggar's improper contact with girls in the Duggar household.